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This is a small rib or fin of rock that lies just NE of The Fin. It sports about 3 routes, G.B.H. 5.11b R; Bladerunner, 5th class TR; and Jabba, 5.4 R. It is probably not worth much attention, but it is provided here for organizational clarity.

For the purposes of brevity, the small rib between The Blade and Long Wall, depicted on p. 227 of Gillett's excellent Estes Park Valley half of the Rocky Mountain National Park, The Climber's Guide, and its route(s) will be contained under this single category until outcry exceeds tolerance.

Getting There 

Hike from Lily Lake up to The Fin. Go around the corner/arete with Edge of Time. The small ribs/fins appear just to your left.


East -> North -> West faces

A. Jabba, 5 R, 1p, 30', gear.
B. Riblet, 4 R, 1p, 30', gear.
C. G.B.H., 11 R, 1p, bolts & gear?

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.1 miles from here

2 Total Routes

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Jabba 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : The Blade & neighboring rib
Find this meandering line on The Blade's east face and northern arête. From the summits of Long Wall & Little Blade, your eye may be drawn to a faint resemblance to a Star Wars character on the E face of this squat fin of rock. It certainly may have been done previously. Rock quality is better than Little Blade. The angle of the rock is lower than you might suspect from a distance. It may be worth a romp for the adventuresome.Certainly there may be multiple starts to gain the N arête. The ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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